Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Friday, April 27, 2012
Aiks... my last two weekends have been really packed!
Two weeks back, on Saturday I had band jamming. I blew up an amp when I played in the studio, so I had wishes to repeat that again at Chris' house. Jamming went quite well until the end when Harish and Joseph had a major argument which led to us stopping the jamming abruptly. Zzz -.-.
After that I headed to Sunway Pyramid to meet up with Ruz. It was a failed Essenism outing as everyone else wasn't free, lol. We booked tickets for Battleship and headed to the arcade, where my shooting skills haven't degraded too much. But I still got killed pretty fast compared to my normal standards. Yeesh. Anyway, Battleship was pretty damn good! A lot of people have been saying it's good but I was wondering how the hell do you make a Hasbro game into a movie? And from the trailers, with aliens? Somehow they did it, and it was very impressive. Although I must say the aliens were a bit too inconsistent on who they killed, leading to their downfall. And it normally would've never been something I paid attention to, but someone on Facebook mentioned that Battleship wasn't a movie about fighting aliens, but about seeing Rihanna's hat never fall off! And because of that damn status update, I actually paid attention... and it never fell off. Lmao.
The next day was Sunday, and I had church. Fei Yan, Rachelle and Shaun Lim asked me extremely late the previous night whether they could join me for church service. Their own church (they've been attending since they were kids) has become old and outdated in thinking, leading to extremely narrow-minded views on controversial issues such as homosexuality. But it goes beyond that. Even hairstyles are condemned if they're "too worldly". It's gone to the extent that even the cellgroup leaders of their church are ashamed to bring their friends to the church because of the views. Can you imagine that? The leaders are ashamed to bring their friends to their own church. Geez! I've long been saying that's ridiculous for her church to have such views on this and other matters, and they've been considering attending a new church. Not an easy decision since they've been attending it since childhood and they have lots of friends there. They decided to go church-hopping and see what other churches could suit them. So first up? My church, lol... City Harvest Church Kuala Lumpur.
I met them up at Sunway in the morning and guided them over to church. We were a few minutes late, but just in time for the worship songs. Abundant Life Ministries leader Paul Scanlon and his church's band had come as guest speakers and musicians, respectively for the weekend. Apparently our respective senior pastors have had a close relationship, but this is the first time Paul Scanlon's come to Malaysia and our church. After the songs, announcements and formalities, Paul Scanlon went on stage and began to preach. And halfway through, I began to laugh.
Lol... I didn't laugh because his message was bad or he preached it poorly. I laughed because of what his message was about and how extremely relevant it was to Fei Yan, Rachelle and Shaun. Paul Scanlon preached about being a church that has more rooms and more doors, in a metaphorical sense. He spoke about the ALM church as an example, where they supported people who wanted to bring in people with whom they could relate to. Former drug addicts to form a ministry for drug addicts, shy people to form a ministry that will run in smaller groups for people who don't like large crowds. Homosexuals to create a ministry for themselves. He spoke about how a church must be open minded and relevant for the people they want to reach out to; only then will they be receptive. It needs to have more rooms, each with a different function. It would let the church have a wide variety of ministries that would help people in various situations and backgrounds. Thus, if we did it correctly, we would help people. And what an honour it would be that strangers would hear of this church and say "Is this the church that helps people?"
And that's why I laughed. Every single thing he spoke about applied to Fei Yan's church. Every point he made, every example he said we should follow was like a direct blast on Fei Yan's church and what they were doing wrong. Fei Yan and Rachelle kept giving those "Oh my God" looks to each other continually, when point after point, Paul Scanlon preached about something so dear to their hearts. If, from their stories I could tell how relevant this sermon was, it must've hit home a lot harder to for them since they live those stories. When he gave suggestions on how to improve churches for this mindset and all, they immediately wanted to buy the sermon CD. Haha... quite divine! That the weekend they decide to try a new church it hits home so strongly for them.
They were also impressed by the looks and format of the church. They kept comparing billboards, screens, and the such to their own church, even saying that they "came out from a jungle"... LMAO. It was really nice to hear all this stuff about CHCKL. The City Harvest Churches I've been in have been my only churches my entire life, and I am extremely proud and loyal to them. Of course, the churches around the world all worship the same God (lets excuse theological arguments from this), but its in the City Harvest family that God has placed me in, and I'm really happy for that. And the fact that visitors are such in awe and impressed make me feel really proud that despite a small amount compared to the whole, a part of this building was paid by me.
They met and introduce themselves to my cellgroup, but they were headed off somewhere else, so they didn't join my cellgroup for lunch. Rachelle invited me to join them for a play later on and KLPAC at night though, and I thought why not? I rarely go for plays anyway... might as well give some support to the local scene. After lunch I met up with Miki at TOA since she was working there and asked me to join her after I was done with church. We talked and chatted for a few hours before she went back home and I went to meet up with Rachelle and Shaun. Fei Yan didn't join us. We met up with Amelia, a friend of theirs who I met in Laundry Bar for a gig many months back. She and her mother drove us over to KLPAC. We were pretty early, so we grabbed some drinks and food while waiting. Conversation was mostly about books, which was funny because I have no had conversations on books and their stories for a really long time. No one really reads amongst my groups of friends, and even if they do, it's usually not a topic for conversation. Apparently all of us waiting for the play to start were heavy readers. Lmao.
A few minutes before the start of the play, we heard a lot of noise from the cast members outside. I kid you not when I say they are amongst the loudest and craziest strangers I have ever met. I think it was part of the acting, but they were insane, making a ton of noise, smiling like idiots and asking whether our sense of humour was in our bags. Even inside, some of the audience which I guessed were friends of the actors, were loud and insane and very, very vibrant and expressive. I know what art students are like. Is this what drama students are like? I forgot the name of the play, but it was pretty entertaining, and the premise of the story was that this guy used to be the only funny guy in the world, relying often on puns. He wished that he could make everyone in the world funny and he went on a quest with his friend to do that. After defeating the 7 sins, he eats the punapple (yeah... pun and pineapple) his wish is granted, and the world is in chaos. Doctors smoke inside the operation theatre and joke about how "Autopsy is a dying profession". To undoes it all later on through kisses, which apparently reverse the pun effect, so he does it to everything and everyone. The whole thing was a humourous thing to make people laugh. Like the TV was just a plastic screen with the actors behind it, and the DVD player was a person, and twisting his nipple made it fastforward. I thought it was really well done! Using themselves and plastic screens (and an Xbox controller) they did the story really well and the amount of puns killed me. Seriously... there was a pun in almost every line but somehow it wasn't overdone. Nice!
As if that wasn't the way to end my day, I still went to Centrepoint to join Sharon and Joseph for Left4Dead 2. We played until 1am, and chatted about Satanism and music which ended up being them asking me about the different offshoots of Christianity and biblically sound doctrines until 3am. Geez. I was the Walking Wikipedia again. Except I was sitting down and answering one after another. Lmao. Still... glad my knowledge was put to good use!
Church, lunch, Miki, KLPAC and Left4Dead 2, with long conversations spread throughout the day. Hell, eventful, tiring but very fun!
My previous weekend was another eventful weekend, but that post shall wait, lol.